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Four Hasidic stories. Rosh Hashanah stories from Hasidic masters including the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev.
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The purpose of exile as explained through the metaphor of cholent, a stew eaten on the Jewish Sabbath. What cholent teaches us about the meaning of exile.
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A discussion of family loyalty illustrates the idea of forgiveness in Judaism. A story of the Seer of Lublin.
Insight into judgement: The only power on earth or heaven that can judge man is man himself.
While many of the Torah’s laws are time- & place-specific, their significance is always eternal & universal, such as kindling the menorah in the Holy Temple
Aaron is the prototype for man’s responsibility for the spiritual elevation of his fellows, which reflects his role as kindler of the menorah in the Temple
There are two approaches to develop a true feeling of humility toward someone whose character or behavior is obviously inferior to one’s own.
If he senses his fellow’s degradation, he must conclude that Divine providence has provided him with a mirror with which to discern his own shortcomings.
We must measure our own worth in terms of our real and concrete achievements, and view others in terms of their potential.
What was Jethro’s addition to the Torah? What did it contribute to our understanding of the Divine wisdom? How did Jethro and Moses both contribute?